Top 65 Marriage Proposal Ideas August 24, 2016 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog
The marriage proposal is one of the most memorable moments of your life! Discover ideas that will help you “pop-the-question” in the most creative way.
Here are 65 of the best marriage proposal ideas to help you on your way. Many are simple and easily done with just a little thought, but some will need a great degree of planning. All though, are sure to make an impact!
Tip: We recommend picking an engagement proposal idea that aligns with your personalities. If you are shy and reserved, don’t plan a flash mob!
1. Play The Memory Game
Throughout your relationship, there will have been places and things that have come to mean something. Things that have a special place in both your hearts. You don’t need to recreate those moments literally, but a nod to them or something which allows a connection will be fine. She will appreciate that you’ve been both paying attention and have thought about the proposal long enough to figure out what matters to her. It doesn’t need to be complicated, just relevant.
You can also have the theme of the game to match your ring. If you purchased a vintage ring, for example, make the design with a rustic and antique feel. This rule is a good idea for all the ideas mentioned below.
2. Treasure Hunt
A classic, certainly, but no less memorable or sweet than it ever was. A treasure hunt, with lots of clues to lead her from spot to spot until, at the last location, there’s only you. No more notes, just a ring, and one simple question.
Best of all is that you don’t even need to be in the room when it starts. Just let her find her own way.
3. Ring & Chocolate
Buy a box of chocolates (you can buy NeuHaus online now), and put the ring in place of her favorite one. It may take her a second but, when she realizes what’s there, you’ll already be waiting to pop the question. Once she’s accepted, produce the missing chocolate and present that to her as your first gift as an engaged couple.
4. The Behind The Back Play
As with all trick plays, the simplest is the best. Let her walk ahead of you while you walk behind holding a sign saying “Marry Me”. When she realizes you’re not alongside, and turns around to look for you, the sign will be the first thing she sees. Bets of all, it doesn’t matter if it’s on a deserted beach or a crowded street.
5. Sign Writers In The Sky
This will take a little more planning than most suggestions on this list. You, your (hopefully) fiancée to be and an airplane all need to be in the right place at the right time. Use a plane towing a banner behind or go the whole hog and use actual smoke writers. Either way, it’s one of the classic ways to propose.
6. Inside her Book
Find the bookmark in the book she is currently reading, and replace the page with a simple message. Better still, buy a second copy, cut out the center of the pages and put the ring inside. Then just leave it for her to find. When she opens the book, there will be a ring, ready to go on her finger after you propose.
7. Hand In Sand
There are few more romantic locations than a beach at sunset. Take a walk, take her hand, and then take a knee. If you do it right on the edge of the waves, the occasion will be even more memorable. You’ll both be recalling the moment to others for years.
8. A Holiday Romance…
…to last a lifetime. Two-Thirds of couples get engaged whilst on a break or vacation. It actually makes perfect sense. You’ll both be more relaxed, and you can choose your moment without any other distractions. It doesn’t matter how or where so much as when. Do it over dinner, or on a walk, the choice is yours.
9. On A Picnic
Picnics are great at any time. Add in a proposal and you’ve got the picnic to end all picnics. You can hide the ring in the hamper, or simply produce it at an opportune moment. Do make sure to pack some champagne in your hamper too, you’re going to need it!
10. The First Date Revisited
Assuming it isn’t decades since your first date, recreating it – or most of it – might be the easiest thing you’ve ever done. It just might also be the most romantic. If there’s a key piece of the date missing, like the restaurant has closed or you were somewhere else that is out of reach, then be creative. Go to where you had your first kiss or even the first place you saw each other. Pick a first, and make it another first!
11. Send Up A Balloon
Well not exactly send one up, but let one out of a box. There are some beautiful choices available nowadays to be able to present a balloon in a box to your loved one. When she opens the box, the balloon and proposal will be right in front of her.
12. Street Artistry
Caricatures are great fun. They’re even better if you can set up with a local artist to sketch you both with either speech bubbles, or just have the proposal in text across the drawing in some way. It won’t be the first time the artist has been asked to do something similar, so don’t be afraid to ask. You also get a great memento from the occasion as well, so it’s well worth the few dollars it will cost to give the artist something for his talents.
13. Get Help
Have a party with special friends and family. Get everyone to wear t-shirts with a letter spelling out the proposal. Put your intended at the front of the group, to get a photo of everyone, and have the guests reveal the t-shorts without her knowing. Take the picture, and let her see the outcome.
14. Write it in Snow
Choose a frosty or day and offer to scrape the ice off the windshield of her car. Instead of clearing it, simply scrape the proposal into the ice. If she will be seeing the word through the glass, take care to write the word “proposal” in reverse so it will be seen correctly from the inside. You might need to practice this one!
15. Scuba Diving
This one does require some planning and has a couple of pre-requisites. The bottom of a shallow lagoon, with white sand and the sun’s rays flickering through the water, is a beautiful place. Once down at the bottom and comfortable, pull out the ring and propose. Make sure someone else is in on the secret and has a camera to record the moment.
16. Use a Drone
In the best possible way, of course. Drones are now very popular and there are lots of people who will willingly fly their drone down to where you are. With the ring attached beforehand, all you need to do is take it off the aircraft and propose. When it comes to special deliveries, there are only a few more special than this.
17. Say It With Words
Not just any words, but a poem. Choose one that is appropriate such as Byron’s “She Walks In Beauty” or, better still, write your own. This is a marriage proposal idea that should be as intimate as possible. No crowds, no big build up, just subtle and understated. Finish the poem, have the ring ready and softly make your proposal. Romantic? It’s right here.
18. Cook Up A Proposal
Public marriage proposals are okay if you’re both comfortable with that, but many people want intimacy and privacy. If you can’t cook, then it’s time to learn. Make the effort and it won’t go unnoticed. When the time is right, perhaps over dessert or coffee, just ask. You don’t need to be down on one knee, or putting the ring in a sundae, just ask.
19. Use Hot Air
Our second balloon idea is one of our favorites. Hot air balloon tours are available in lots of places today. Once in the air, you will be amazed at two things; the uninterrupted views all around, and the absolute silence. A quiet word with the pilot beforehand will ensure his discretion, and a small bottle of champagne can be stowed before launch. If you have to use plastic cups for the drink, it doesn’t matter. It’s not about that, it’s about the two of you.
20. Follow The Ribbon
A treasure hunt with a difference. When she comes in, all she will see is a red ribbon with an instruction attached for her to follow it. Have further notes along the ribbon with memories of your time together, maybe even adding a photo or two. At the end of the last ribbon is you, with a ring and a proposal at the ready.
21. Location, Location, Location
There’s always one special location that means more to you, as a couple, than anywhere else. Plan a trip there if it is practical, have someone, a stranger if necessary, ready to take pictures for you. Tell her how much the place, and she, mean to you and that you can’t think of anywhere better to ask her to marry you.
22. Glow In The Dark
Special sticky letters which glow in the dark are now easily available online. Clear stickers are available so you can stick them to the bedroom ceiling without her noticing. Turn the light out, and you’ll have the best display imaginable. For what is essentially a very inexpensive proposal, it is amazingly effective.
23. Chalk It Off
Street games involving nothing more than a piece of chalk were great fun as kids. Recreate one now, but make sure it leads to just one final destination, you, ready to propose. The style of the game is up to you, and the beauty is that the chalk will wash away so you should get no complaints from the neighbors!
24. Send A Card
Seriously, send a card. In fact, send a sequence of cards a day apart. The message can be obvious or as cryptic as you like., but should reflect your relationship. She may twig what the end product will be, she may not. Either way, she has a keepsake to remember what will seem like a very well thought out proposal.
25. Write a Song
If you are musical, have a go at writing a song. If you know someone who has the skills, ask them to help. The song should be subtle but increasingly indicative of its purpose. Hit the last verse and she should be ready to accept without you even having to finish the song. It will take some time and effort to get it right, but it’s original, and it’s yours.
You can even add friends and turn it into a flash mob.
26. Newspaper Ad
The idea is simple in this case, you just need to occupy a full-page ad in the newspaper with her name and your proposal, then passing the newspaper to her. This solution is nice because no one expects a simple newspaper reading to come with such a question! Make sure to prepare the ring accordingly before handing the newspaper.
27. Beach proposal
Go to the beach, build a sand castle together then take a relaxing walk. Out of nowhere, try to impress here and get the ring out of your pocket, then say the word.
28. Undersea or Scuba Diving
Similar to the beach proposal, this requires you to go undersea, and during a simple dive get the ring out of your pocket. This is a unique way to ask a woman in marriage, and a worthwhile one nonetheless.
This one will require a lot of preparation and planning but the memory will likely stay fresh for a very long time. Just make sure that you have an underwater camera.
You may also want to read this article about strenuous exercise and engagement rings.
29. Dropping it in the Woods
Take your loved one into the forest for a funny and relaxing day out. Write your love words on a piece of paper, and leave that to fall out of your backpack, then go to find some firewood. When you go back, leave the branches to fall down and ask your loved one in marriage!
30. On a cake
This one is creative. Order a cake with your proposal message inscribed with icing, and leave it in the bakery window. Put the diamond ring on the top. Take her on a walk past the bakery and make a special stop in front of the window display.
31. A Small Fortune
Cookie, that is, not money! The method of making fortune cookies is actually quite easy, and there are lots of recipes available online. Simply put your proposal inside a cookie and make sure she gets it after your meal. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a restaurant or a simple takeout, nothing will ever taste quite so good as when she says yes!
32. A Rose By Any Other Name
A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet. If Shakespeare used our favorite flower to tell us that love would always succeed, who are we to argue? Laying a trail of petals from inside the door to wherever you – and your proposal – are waiting is one of the most romantic proposals ever. It may be that she has an inkling before she reaches the end, but so what? It still won’t stop her being thrilled at the effort you’ve taken.
33. Getting Someone Else To Do The Work
If you’re maybe not the creative type, or you just don’t know where to start, don’t despair. There are a number of companies who are set up to help out in any way you want. Proposal planners make life easier for you by arranging everything you need to make your proposal special. They will have ideas available that us mere mortals would never think of.
34. Pick a Spot
All relationships have those places that are special. It might be the place you had your first kiss, or just somewhere you both truly love. Whatever the reason, can there be a more romantic place for you to propose? The great thing about this idea is that she won’t suspect a thing. So you arrange to go to your favorite place? That’s not so unusual. But then the proposal comes and everything changes for you both.
35. Go Green
There are many great places to propose. Some will be personal, others will be spectacular. One of our favorites is the park. But not just any park, of course. Every town and city has those small, tucked away places that even local residents don’t realize are there sometimes. Do your homework, and find one to suit you. Even if it’s an hours drive, it’ll be worth it for the peace and tranquility.
36. Sail Away
If you are lucky enough to live in a sizeable city, then it’s likely you have a river close by. It’s also likely that there will be boat operators on the river. Maybe book a table for dinner so you can propose at sunset. Alternatively, if you are by the beach, charter a boat. Spend a day swimming and enjoying the fresh air before popping the ultimate question.
37. Be In Tents
Not intense, but actually in a tent. Camping is a great way just to spend time alone, without the hassle and rush of town and city life. It’s also an excellent setting for a proposal. A campfire, some great beer or wine, and the mood is all set and ready to go. Pick your moment, and it will be the best night under canvas you could ever have.
38. Hook, Line, and Sinker
This idea, we admit, is a little risky. If you don’t already fish, then learn. Not only is it very relaxing, but it’s also a great way to set up a unique proposal. Getting her to go with you might take a little effort, but when she pulls that line in and there’s a ring on the end of it, well, it’ll be the catch of the day. Make sure you tie it tight, though, or swimming might be your next hobby!
39. Send In The Clowns
Theater or clown troupes are usually happy to be involved for a small donation to their funds. Clowns are great because of the very visual nature of their art. As well as being highly entertaining, they will get away with setting up a gag in ways nobody else can. Of course, the “gag” in this instance is your proposal. Either get them to spell it out or even act it out. Unique, it certainly is.
40. Shave and a Haircut
2 bits! The thing we like about barbers is their association with the singing quartet. Many local groups will happily sing your proposal for you, and they usually have the expertise to come up with a totally unique song. Chances are it won’t be free, but it also won’t be all that expensive. Songs are a fantastic way of communicating feelings, and you don’t even need to be an American Idol contestant to pull this one off!
41. The Small Ads
The personal ads have long been a way of communicating your love. Before the internet, Valentine’s messages filled pages of the printed papers every year. Now, although the pages maybe aren’t quite so crowded, they are still a great place to propose. There’s a certain charm to doing it “the old way”. All you need to do is get her to read it!
42. Play Hacker
It’s actually pretty easy to set up a custom picture to be displayed when a computer starts up. All you need is access to her laptop, and whatever message you want her to see. If she is the type to start the computer and go and make coffee, then make the picture her screen saver. That way, she will return to see the message.
Please only consider doing this idea if you are certain that she won’t be upset that you’ve touched her laptop. If there is a chance that she’ll feel that you’ve intruded on her privacy maybe it is better to pick another proposal idea.
43. Breakfast in Bed
Let’s face it, who among us doesn’t love having breakfast brought to them in bed? Make it special by incorporating a proposal. You can choose to hide the ring somewhere that she’ll find it, or simply propose at the end. It’s sweet, it’s charming and it’s special.
44. In Letters 10 Feet Tall
This is another great beach idea. You will, though, need a high vantage point for this particular proposal and might need some help from friends. Plan a walk up to somewhere which overlooks your chosen beach, where you or friends have written the words “Marry Me”. Let her reach the viewpoint a few steps ahead of you and, when she sees the message and turns around, there you are with the ring.
45. Pass Go
If you like board games, get the Monopoly out! Add a few “Will You Marry Me Cards” into the packs, and then just play. Watch the puzzled look on her face be replaced with a huge smile, and then take it from there. You won’t need the get out of jail free card, and you don’t even need the 10 dollars you won in that beauty contest earlier on.
46. The Engagement Rink
Pop up skating rinks appear everywhere as the weather gets colder.
Be brave, strap on those skates and do your best Bambi impression as you make your way out. When she has stopped laughing at your comically poor balance, you can drop to one knee – deliberately or otherwise – and produce the ring. Ice cool in Alex. Or New York, or Boston…
47. Proposing in the Rain
There are few things which feel better than a walk in the rain when it is planned. The two of you cuddled together under a big umbrella, what could be more romantic?
The last thing she’ll be expecting is to play Debbie Reynolds to your Gene Kelly. Leave the umbrella with her, and dance a few steps in the rain. It doesn’t need to be complicated, this isn’t dancing with the steps. A few hops on and off the sidewalk will do. She’ll laugh, she’ll think you’re a fool, but she undoubtedly will love you more when you ask her to marry you.
48. Rolling by the River
One of the great things about Mother Nature, is that she has provided a ton of rivers for us to walk alongside. Pick a river and pick a place, the more secluded the better. Invite your partner to take a walk and meander your way down towards your chosen location. There are few things more relaxing than the sound of running water, so she’ll be totally at ease when you surprise her with a proposal.
49. Hide and Seek Marriage
Walks in woodlands and forests are just so romantic. Disappear from sight when you get the chance, and reappear at just the right moment to present her with a ring. Just bear in mind that this isn’t a Friday 13th remake. You’re not there to terrify her into marriage. Choose your moment wisely and it’ll be a tale she wants to tell everyone she meets.
50. It’s All About Zoo
Zoos aren’t like they used to be. Generally, animals are very well treated and there is some great conservation work going on. But the zoo is also a great place to propose. It might not be classically romantic, but it is unique. Find a nice spot, and ask the question. Whether it’s the Monkey House or the Bat Cave, it’s a moment never to be forgotten.
51. It’s a Piece of Cake
Or several, actually. Ask your local bakery to make you a set of small cakes which each have a letter from “Will you marry me?” on them. Put them out, jumbling up the letters, and let her work it out herself. Your proposal will never be sweeter and is the literal frosting on the cake.
52. Hip Hopscotch
A kids game? Yes, but with a difference. Chalk out the hopscotch (or potsy) grid, with a letter from “Marry Me” in each square. Play the game, and see how long it takes her to realize that there is a message there for her. In years to come, it will be the one thing you talk about which your kids and grandkids might understand!
53. A Kestrel For A Knave
A falconry experience is an amazing thing. If you’ve never been up close with these stunning creatures you are really missing out. Speak to the handlers beforehand, and they might agree to have one of the birds deliver your engagement ring tied to its leg. What better way to do things than to have a beautiful feathered friend involved?
54. A Puzzling Question
It’s so cheap and easy today to have a jigsaw made from any picture, so why not incorporate it into your proposal? It doesn’t have to be big or overly complex, but you do need to keep the last piece to yourself. That’s the piece that will have your proposal on it. When she’s looking around for the piece, “find” it and put it into place. It’s fun, it’s quirky, and it’s actually as permanent as you want it to be. You can even have the puzzle framed.
Click here to create a puzzle online.
55. A Web of Proposals
The internet is great. Everyone has access to it, and running your own website is surprisingly inexpensive. Set up a web page with your proposal. There are also lots of ways to make it interactive if you like. Make sure she gets the address, under whatever premise works and let her discover your hi-tech proposal. The website can continue to be used as an invitation portal for your celebration.
You can create a quick website on Weebly.
56. A Trail of Clues
Or decorating, anyway. If you plan to remodel or simply change the colors, leave a trail of messages on each bare wall. You can paint them, chalk them, pin them up, whatever works. Just make sure that, when she gets to the last message, you’re there, ready to propose.
57. Netflix Proposal
Let’s face it, we all love a night in with some good wine and movie snacks. So put her favorite movie on the TV, open the wine, and have her ring ready to go in the chips or chocolates. Yes, you will probably then need to sit through 2 hours of the latest Bridget Jones movie, but we think it’ll be worth it.
58. Disney Land
Who can resist a proposal at the happiest place on earth? Wait until evening, and propose under a sky full of exploding fireworks for maximum effect. A brave man would do it all whilst wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Or you could just do it in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
59. Mountain High
To go along with our suggestion for a proposal at the side of, or even on, a river, you could also go the other way and propose atop a mountain. You don’t even need to be a hiking fan, although that would be great. Just plan a trip to somewhere that has both mountains and a cable car service. Enjoy the ride to the top and, if you have the car to yourself, why not propose on the way up? Alternatively, enjoy the view at the summit, and let her know how much you love her.
60. On Sunset Boulevard
Not literally. Instead, create your own by enjoying a late evening picnic as the sun goes down over your favorite landscape. There’s really no more romantic a setting than seeing the sun go down in all its sky-blazing glory. Relax in the warm breeze and, just when she thinks it can’t get any better, show her that it really can.
61. Be The Karaoke King
Even people who say they hate karaoke can’t resist a good singalong. Give the DJ your song request (it doesn’t have to be too sickly sweet), and get up and do your thing. You can propose at the beginning or at the end, whichever suits you. Just remember that a whole bar full of people will be watching. Just make sure the DJ knows what you plan to do.
62. Say It With (Lots of) Pictures
One of the great things about being a kid is that you get to do cool stuff like making your own flip book. But why should it stop just because you’ve grown up. Make your own flip book which has a story that leads to your proposal. You don’t need to be a great artist, as some of the best examples are just stick figure based.
63. Fairground Attractions
You know when you go on a rollercoaster, and they take your picture during one terrifying part of the ride? You can turn that to your advantage. Get some friends to visit the park with you, all armed with a sheet of paper with one of the words of “Will You Marry Me?” printed on it. Put your partner in the front of the car and, with good timing and a little luck, the message will be clear when you see the photo.
64. Say It With Chocolate Spread
A growing number of products, such as Nutella or Coca-Cola regularly do promos, where you can have custom labels printed on their jars and bottles. Spread (no pun intended) across several jars of her favorite, and let the product do the work for you. There’s the bonus that you also get to enjoy whatever’s inside!
65. A Zip Wire to Paradise
Zip wires are just the best fun. The key is that you need to go first, which may take some persuasion on your part. When you get to the bottom, be ready to go with your proposal. As she comes down the line, be on one knee, ring in had, ready to propose. Just make sure she stops before she gets to you!
It doesn’t really matter how you pop the question! In the end, all the at counts is that you’re together. The proposal is very memorable. You should put sufficient time and thought into making it perfect. But don’t forget what really matters. Each other.
If you need more help along the engagement and proposal journey, feel free to browse through our mega Proposal Education Page. We’ve written 100’s of easy-to-read articles for everything related to proposals and engagement.
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